A Complete Guide on Assembling a Gaming PC

January 29, 2010

This post is gonna be too interesting for gamers like me. I was a hardcore gamer and also assembled few PC’s so I thought I could help out some of the people who are going to assemble one or just upgrade it.

We will starts from basic to the top. I will also describe what this thing does and will also describe some additional information with it.

Lets start.

Introduction:

Gaming PCs are generally assembled so that they deliver maximum performance while gaming. A guy does not wants to get stuck on 5-6 fps (Frames Per Second) while playing GTA IV. Well too embarrassing. It needs the correct configuration. By correct configuration I mean that  we don’t place a Nvidia 7300 with Intel Core i7. In this configuration the processor’s power will go waste.

Components:

  • Case: Case is the first thing one should keep in mind as the case describes the Motherboard form factor and the SMPS(Power Supply Unit). A case should be well ventilated as long hours of gaming may take the temperatures to as high as 90 C. Take a case with at least two fans as the heat will also degrade the PC’s performance. Cases range from Rs 500 to Rs 20,000. Some well known manufacturing companies are Cooler Master, iBall, Thermal take and others. Choose the best considering the upper points which fits your budget.
  • Processor: Processor is the unit which is more important that the GPU (Graphics card). The more powerful the processor the better gaming experience. The Processors are manufactured by two leading companies Intel and AMD. Check out the processor with best performance in your budget. Make sure it’s socket is compatible with your Motherboard. Also the thing that most people confuse with. AMD’s motherboard are different from Intel’s motherboard. A motherboard ment for using with AMD processor won’t fit an Intel Processor.
  • Motherboard: This is the main component as all the hardware you are gonna buy is ultimately getting fit into this board. Choose the board with atleast 1 PCIe Express 2.0 slot(For 1GPU) and supports your processor. You an opt for more than 1 Slots if you want to crosfire two GPUs. Also check what memory modules would your motherboard support. Most gaming motherboards are made by Asus, Gigabyte, MSI & Biostar.
  • RAM: Most games today(I am not talking about solitaire) spit on 1GB Ram. Check the speed, module your motherboard supports and buy Ram accordingly. Minimum recommended ram for a gaming pc is 2GB. Maximum can be taken to anywhere like my friend from Germany has 16GB Ram installed which even laughs at my 4GB. Ram’s come in different varities according to their clock speed and other factors. Most gamers use Rams by OCZ, Gskill, Silicon power or other but we can work it out with cheap one like kingston.
  • GPU: GPU aka The Video Card is the life of the gaming PC. Video Cards range from Rs 1000 to Rs 40000. And SLI(Nvidia) or crosfire(ATI) costs even more. Check out the GPU which has a good performance with a PCI 2.0 Support, Latest DirectX 10 or 11 support, DDR3 or above memory type, and other features which suits your need. The GPU I used was MSI ATI Radeon 4850 1GB OC Edition which cost me Rs12000 1 month after its launch. You can also install 2 or more GPU according to your Mot herboard and SMPS. The best chipsets are available from ATI and Nvidia and the manufacturers are MSI, Asus, Palit, Sapphire etc.
  • Display: Choose a monitor with a bigger screen for better experience and a high resolution. Check out the monitors refresh rate, response rate and others. Get a screen of about 20″ or you could also attach the LCD or Plasma with HDMI port of your GPU.
  • SMPS: SMPS is the power supply unit of your CPU. Choose a SMPS which meets minimum requirement of your GPU and supports its connectors. i recommend to buy this from a branded company as it handles all the responsibility of saving your PC from the voltage fluctuations or other shit. Major producers are Coolermaster, Zebronics, Targus & others.
  • HDD: Get a good Hard Disk with enough storage space to meet your future requirements. I recommend minimum 500GBs as games can be as large as 20GB. Get hard disks from Seagate, Western Digital and samsung.

Additional Items:

  • FANS: Choose some extra fan as they are often cheap and will give your PC a long life.
  • Sound Cards: For people who are just crazy about sound quality pick up a Sound card but they are too expensive.
  • Disk Drive: They can be bought according to your wish.
  • Keyboard and mouse: Keyboard and mouse have a different category for gaming. There are many types available but they aren’t cheap.


My Gaming PC Configuration:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHZ

Motherboard: A crapy one Intel DG31 something

HDD: 500 GB WD

GPU: MSI ATI Radeon 4850 1 GB OC Edition

RAM: 4 GB kingston.

Display: LG 19″ LCD

Case: I ball something.

Please excuse for any mistake as I am not used for writing long article. Drop a comment in the post if you have any question. :-)

  • http://chaaps.com Chethan Thimmappa

    Well done Sukhjit.
    This is an One Stop Guide for Assembling Gaming PC…
    Though I am not a HardCore Gamer… I enjoyed reading your Tutorial… Neatly explained step by step! I never Knew so Many Factors could influence to assemble a Good Gaming PC! The Only Thing which I knew was Graphics Card, Graphics Card and Graphics Card!

    Keep up The Good Work bro!
    Tweeted :)

  • http://funpclife.blogspot.com/ Siddhu

    Nice Post.. Something which should be done properly and patiently for the best gaming experience… Your PC Configuration is good…
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  • http://www.gadgetcage.com Siddartha

    Hey man!! Really ur making ur impact @ Chaaps. Kewl article.

  • http://awesome-tech.blogspot.com/ Hariharakumar

    cool man, great guide, very helpful
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    • http://www.tech-hunter.co.cc Sukhjit Singh

      Thanks! I am glad if I could help anyone!
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  • http://www.unlock3gsiphone.net Unlock 3Gs

    Nice post, i have the icute case for my pc and have to say it looks cool.

    • http://www.tech-hunter.co.cc Sukhjit Singh

      Cool! The same in the pic above???? I love that fan on front!
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  • http://techchunks.com TechChunks

    Great detailed tutorial. Good thing about this post is that you can assemble a non-gaming PC too using the above tips.

    However here is the Config. of my Gaming PC that I assembled:

    Processor: AMD Qudracore @ 2.6GHZ

    Motherboard: Will have to open the case to see. I really forgot. Must be an Asus.

    HDD: 500 GB SeaGate

    GPU: MSI ATI Radeon 4850 1 GB OC Edition

    RAM: 4 GB kingston.

    Display: LG 17″ LCD

    Case: Never gave it a sh!t. It is non-branded! :P
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  • http://www.technicstoday.com/ Anish K.S

    @ Sukhjit Singh, great tutorial, thanks for the images and details.

    • http://www.tech-hunter.co.cc Sukhjit Singh

      Thanks Anish. Hope it helped!
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  • http://www.fundybuzz.com Williams

    Great Tutorial @ Sukjhit Singh. Really it help in beginners making gaming pc.

  • http://www.PiyushShekhar.com Piyush Shekhar

    Nice Post, would love to subscribe to this blog !

    • http://chaaps.com Chethan Thimmappa

      Thanks a Lot

  • BadMan

    nice post:-

    My Current Config:-
    Processor:-AMD Phenom X4 2.3 GHZ
    Ram:-Kingston 3GB
    Hard Disk:-Seagate 160GB
    Motherboard:-MSI K9 V series
    Display:-AOC 831S+ 19′LCD
    Case and power supply:-iBall
    Graphics:-Nvidia Geforce 8400GS (got it for free from a fren but will upgrade to GTX 295)….
    OS-Windows XP Pro Sp2

    there’s a lot of work left to be done but till then ALL IS WELL!!!!

  • Vinay

    Hi

    Your article is very informative and simple. My current PC configuration is as
    Processor: Intel Pentium4
    RAM: 2GB
    Hard Disk: Seagate 80GB
    Motherboard: (no idea)
    Display: 19″ Viewsonic
    Case & power supply: iBall
    Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce PCI-E 5300
    OS: Windows XP SP2

    I want to upgrade it to a fully dedicated gaming PC which need not be upgraded in near future. Please advise. Eagerly await your response.

    • http://www.geekisfreak.com Sukhjit Singh

      Hi,
      If you want a gaming PC I reccomend to start making your CPU from scratch. The Single core pentium 4 is no good for gaming and the ram which I guess is DDR1 will be slow. The following things need to be upgraded: Processor, ram, HDD(If you want), Motherboard, GPU and powersupply too if needed.

      I would need your budget to get you the exact configrations.
      Waiting for your reply!

  • ronnie

    i don’t knw what’s wrong with my config, i can’t get sound in PROTOTYPE by activision, i’ve done everthing possible i can. my pc configuration is ; intel dg 31,gpu-quad core Q6600@2.4GHz,ram-4gb,graphic card-9500 with latest updated driver. can u fix my pro’lem

    • http://www.geekisfreak.com Sukhjit Singh

      Well, I didn’t had any problem with prototype even If I had finished the whole Game. Still I googled out and found that some users reported the fix by updating to latest direct x.
      If still it does not work you may follow these instructions given on this website: http://ahkong.net/prototype-sound-fix/

  • Dibakar

    I want to buy a gaming computer. My budget is nearly 28k to 30k. Can you help of to assemble it please?:-)

  • http://www.komododragonfacts.com Komodo Dragon

    Good guide. Something that many people forget is about buying a powerful SMPS. Modern peripherals are so power-hungry. Especially with some of the newer graphics cards consuming more power than some CPUs. 1 kW will soon be the norm for PSUs in gaming computers.

  • http://www.atulperx.com Atulperx

    Nice guide bhai.. First I was planning to get new GPU but now I am thinking to change my smps also . Many people says that if we have bad smps then it can damage GPU too .

  • http://www.nani4alsoft.tk Nagendra

    Hi Evryone ! I wanna assemble new PC my budget is Rs10,000 Im student plz any 1 help me with a best configuration. Thanks in advance

  • anurag

    i loved this guide
    mp pc specs are
    processor-intel core 2 duo e4400(i want to upgrade it)
    ram-2 gb ddr2
    motherboard-intel d946gzis(upgrading that too)
    hdd-160 gb(i don’t really know which brand)
    graphic card-radeon x1550 1gb(suggest a suitable upgrade)
    case-don’t know
    smps-its brand new iball

  • chitransh ds

    haha your pc looks like a crap
    guess what i got that in just 58k
    pros = core i7 + motherboard (over cloked to 5,01 ghz)
    ram = 16+16 gb (32 gb)
    monitor = appele 27in somthing
    gpu = gtx 590 + hd5870 (croos fired)
    razor s = keyboard ( 7 k somthing)
    air mouse
    nothing is second hand or somthing
    head phones (no speekers )
    ups included
    hdd = 12 tb (seagate)

    with all that i have tested my pc playing 4xgta4(meanes 4window at same time
    with assasins creed 2 ( 7xtimes {window}) and portal 2 (17 times ) all at same time
    and still brawsing this site that makes me laugh

    • Codenamelovevirus

      wow,,, gues u had al dis from d black market!!!!!!!!! no offenc buddy bt 58k isnt gona get u tat config..

  • chitransh ds

    that 12 tb mens 2tb hdd x 6 of them
    2×6= 12

  • Atiq.R

    Hey,buddy, I read ur article on ‘A Complete Guide on Assembling a Gaming PC’ but I want to know the best configuration in details specifically and GPU should be nVidia.

  • Mitin

    can you please tell me the same configuration in amd equivalent , i mean the motherboard and processor of amd equivalent to intel core 2 duo .

  • Ashish

    hey i am planning to assemble a new pc for games…
    could you send me the best configuration as money is not a mtter for me…

  • Ashish

    hey i am planning to assemble a new pc for games…
    could you send me the best configuration as money is not a matter for me…

  • http://www.promotebangla.blogspot.boom Zampa Chat

    i wanna get myself a new CPU ONLY.. Jus gotta budget of 18-20k .wat do u suggest guys? I’v monitor,mouse, kbrd,speakers etc etc stuff

  • Avigyan sur

    last game i have played DEUS EX human revolution with 46 fps on the resolution 1440*900, advanced settings high and AA *4.

    if any one is interesrted about pc gaming( third person, first person, role playing, strategy) then i would suggest to come to my pc config

    main parts are as follows

    processor: intel i5-2500k (sandy bridge)

    mob: asus p8h67 ddr3

    ram: corsair 4 gb 1333mHz ddr3

    gpu: 9500gt 1 gb ddr2 ( if u can afford money for gpu then go for gtx 460 1gb ddr5 at a resaonable price)

    smps: corsair 500 watt ( corsair is very good but i also suggest to go for tagan or antec if u want real 85% power efficient smps)

    thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitneaadmeethe Puneet Dubey

    its 2013,sukhjit bhai.bought this lappy in august 2012.samsung amd quadcore a6-3420 with radeon dual graphic card hd 6500g,ram is 4gig and hdd is 1 tb.i bought it for 32500 rupees.and guess what.prototype. it can run easily but new games are coming everyday,dammmmmmmmmmmmn.

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